An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil – Digest

This Digest compiles the 24 part-series titled, An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil. 

In this series Pastor Crippen looks at many real examples of counterfeits. People who have an exterior appearance of godliness but who, like the whitewashed Pharisees, do not possess Christ within.  

Thank you for adding your observations and thoughts taken from your personal experiences.  Our plans are to compile these parts into a book and making it available as another resource to help train our powers of discernment by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:14)

A New Series: An Appearance of Godliness – Case Studies in Evil

An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 2)

An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 3)

An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 4)

An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 5)

An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 6)

An Appearance of Godliness (Part 7) – The Real Thing

An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 8)

An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 9)

An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 10)

An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 11)

An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 12)

An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 13)

An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 14)

An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 15)

An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 16)

An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 17)

The False Appearance of Godliness Has Typical Identifies (Part 18)

An Appearance of Godliness (Part 19)

An Appearance of Godliness (Part 20) – The Judas Moment

An Appearance of Godliness (Part 21) – Celebrity “Christians” and their Fan Clubs

An Appearance of Godliness (Part 22) – It’s Always YourFault – Really?

An Appearance of Godliness (Part 23) – King Joash

An Appearance of Godliness (Part 24) – The Lord is Winnowing His Harvest

An Appearance of Godliness – The Real Thing (Series Finale)

 

Betrayal by Friends and Family is Nothing New

Jeremiah 12:6 ESV  For even your brothers and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; they are in full cry after you; do not believe them, though they speak friendly words to you.”

We know that the enemy of our souls and his infernal ambassadors are filled with all deceit, malice, and treachery. It is therefore not surprising that those who are his instruments in this world utilize the same tactics. They “speak friendly words” to us. We must be wise and not be taken in by them.

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Evil Regards Others as its Personal Property

John 8:34  Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.

Recently I was reminded, as I often am, of some of the wicked people I have had to deal with and be targeted by in the church. One man in particular has to top all the rest of them. He practiced his wickedness disguised as an eminent, holy saint for many years (and is still doing so today elsewhere) and the Lord used him to teach me about the nature and tactics of the evil one.

One lesson I eventually learned from my experience with him is this:

Wicked, evil people such as domestic abusers and people like Diotrephes (see 3 John) who love to be “first,” regard people around them as their personal, owned property. This property’s very existence is to serve the evil slave master.

These kind of evil ones love the Bible, not because they love Christ’s truth, but because Scripture is so widely perverted and twisted into a powerful tool of oppression. For example, the abusive, reviling man I am recalling here:

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